Israel police to probe actions at journalist’s funeral

Israel’s police chief has ordered an investigation into the actions of officers at the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, after they charged the procession and beat pallbearers, sparking world outrage.

Thousands of mourners packed Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday for the burial of the 51-year-old Al Jazeera reporter.

The Palestinian-American was killed two days earlier throughout an Israeli raid within the occupied West Bank.

Television footage confirmed pallbearers struggling to cease Abu Akleh’s casket from falling to the bottom as baton-wielding police charged in direction of them, grabbing Palestinian flags.

Yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney condemned what he known as “disgraceful scenes of police brutality” at the funeral.

He mentioned in a submit on Twitter: “These are disgraceful scenes of police brutality at a vastly delicate funeral.

“No self respecting democracy may stand over this remedy of individuals.

“Unacceptable and should be roundly condemned by international community.”

These are disgraceful scenes of police brutality at a vastly delicate funeral. No self respecting democracy may stand over this remedy of individuals.
Unacceptable and ought to be roundly condemned by worldwide group. @dfatirl @irishmissionun https://t.co/IZxJB25fZs

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) May 13, 2022

Mr Coveney additionally known as for an impartial investigation into the killing of Ms Abu Akleh.

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on Wednesday

“The Israel Police Commissioner in coordination with the Minister of Public Security has instructed that an investigation be conducted into the incident,” the police mentioned in an announcement.

They had coordinated funeral preparations with the journalist’s household however “rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police,” it mentioned.

“As with any operational incident, and certainly an incident in which police officers were exposed to violence by rioters and in which force was subsequently used by the police, the Israel Police will be looking into the events that ensued during the funeral,” it added.

The United States was “deeply troubled to see the images of Israeli police intruding into her funeral procession,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned yesterday.

The European Union condemned what it mentioned was “unnecessary force” utilized by the Israeli police.

Today the inspiration of late South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, mentioned scenes of Israeli police attacking the pallbearers have been “chillingly reminiscent” of what occurred throughout the funerals of anti-apartheid activists.

Israel and the Palestinians traded blame after Ms Abu Akleh was shot within the head on Wednesday close to Jenin refugee camp within the northern West Bank.

She had been carrying a helmet and a bulletproof vest marked “Press”.

Israel’s military mentioned an interim investigation couldn’t decide who fired the deadly bullet, noting stray Palestinian gunfire or Israeli sniper hearth aimed at militants have been each attainable causes.

The Palestinian public prosecution mentioned an preliminary probe confirmed “the only origin of the shooting was the Israeli occupation forces”.

Al Jazeera mentioned Israel killed her “deliberately” and “in cold blood.”

In a uncommon, unanimous assertion, the UN Security Council condemned the killing, calling for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation,” diplomats mentioned.

Massive crowds

Mourners carry the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Abu Akleh, a Christian, was a extremely revered reporter and her funeral drew large crowds.

As her physique left St Joseph’s hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, police stormed the mourners who had hoisted Palestinian flags.

Police mentioned about “300 rioters” had arrived at the hospital for the procession and “prevented the family members from loading the coffin onto the hearse to travel to the cemetery – as had been planned and coordinated with the family in advance”.

The police then intervened “to disperse the mob and prevent them from taking the coffin, so that the funeral could proceed as planned”, they mentioned, including glass bottles and different objects have been thrown at officers.

The Jerusalem Red Crescent mentioned 33 folks have been injured, of whom six have been hospitalised. Police mentioned they arrested six folks.

Officers then tried briefly to stop hundreds of mourners from following the coffin to the cemetery, however in the end relented and didn’t intervene as Palestinian flags have been raised, AFP reporters mentioned.

The United States, European Union and United Nations have backed requires a full investigation into her killing.

Israel has publicly known as for a joint probe, which the Palestinian Authority has rejected.

A PA official mentioned at the moment that the authority would welcome the “participation of all international bodies in the investigation”.

“What happened in her funeral yesterday by the #occupation forces reinforces our position that rejects #Israel’s participation in this investigation,” Hussein al-Sheikh added on Twitter.

What occurred in her funeral yesterday by the #occupation forces reinforces our place that rejects #Israel’s participation on this investigation.

— حسين الشيخ Hussein Al Sheikh (@HusseinSheikhpl) May 14, 2022

She “was the sister of all Palestinians,” her brother Antoun Abu Akleh informed AFP.

Fresh violence erupted yesterday within the West Bank, together with a raid and clashes round Jenin refugee camp that claimed the lifetime of an Israeli officer.

Tensions have been already operating excessive after a wave of anti-Israeli assaults which have killed at least 19 folks since 22 March, together with an Arab-Israeli police officer and two Ukrainians.

A complete of 32 Palestinians and three Israeli Arabs have died throughout the identical interval, in accordance to an AFP tally, amongst them perpetrators of assaults and people killed by Israeli safety forces in West Bank operations.

based mostly on website supplies www.rte.ie

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